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Remember how excited I was last Friday about the Olympics? Well, this is how irritated I feel now about NBC’s coverage.
Yes, facepalmed. I had a full post of reasons to facepalm NBC, but I decided against publishing it.
On to this week’s list:
Were you also fed up with NBC’s delayed coverage of the opening ceremony? Learn what opening ceremonies in ancient Greece were like: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/07/120727-2012-olympics-opening-ceremony-ancient-london-world-summer-games/?source=hp_dl1_news_ancient_olympics20120731
Coming in third at the Olympics really is a bummer these days if you look at metal values. Check out this infographic from ABC’s Pinterest:
Is Twitter taking to censorship to protect its corporate partnerships? In the case of Guy Adams vs. NBC: http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/media-lab/social-media/183480/guy-adams-suspension-punctuates-twitter-censorship-evolution/
Speaking of media, who is Sarah Phillips? Does this college student-turned-ESPN contributor really exist? And who else has she been scamming? http://deadspin.com/5906658/is-an-espn-columnist-scamming-people-on-the-internet?tag=sarah-phillips
USA! USA! What do first-time visitors to the land of opportunities expect and what surprises them? http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/08/the-land-of-big-groceries-big-god-and-smooth-traffic-what-surprises-first-time-visitors-to-america/260541/
Hate cockroaches? Now there’s Cockdex! You’ll have to live in Japan to use this new forecasting system, which is so colorful and out there you’ll wonder if it’s real: http://en.rocketnews24.com/2012/07/27/cockroach-forecast-now-available-online-check-the-weather-and-how-likely-you-are-to-see-a-roach-today/
ABC named a young lady from Omaha as its “Person of the Week.” http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014178950 But that’s not the read-worthy part of Bridget Kelly’s honor. Instead, read these (older) powerful pieces from her father on overcoming and fighting the continued stigma of rape: http://asne.org/Key_Initiatives/Awards/View_winning_entry/ArticleId/1675/Michael-Kelly-Omaha-Neb-World-Herald.aspx
And to end on another inspirational collection, this time of photos, here are Faces of Hope from Afghanistan (ignore the awful copy editing on the captions): http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2012/08/afghanistan-july-2012-faces-of-hope/100345/